Classical Japanese-style painter Akira Yamaguchi draws a portrait of the Buddhist monk Daruma on a 120-square-meter cotton cloth with black “sumi” ink on Oct. 14. (Video taken by Shigetaka Kodama)

Following in the brushstrokes of a famed ukiyo-e woodblock artist, Akira Yamaguchi drew a massive portrait of the Buddhist monk Daruma on a cotton cloth of about 120 square meters with black “sumi” ink.

The drawing by Yamaguchi, a popular artist of classical Japanese-style painting “yamato-e,” was shown to the public in the Ryogoku district of Tokyo’s Sumida Ward on Oct. 14.

Yamaguchi, 48, drew the piece based on an anecdote that woodblock print artist Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), who hailed from Ryogoku, drew the Daruma, or Bodhidharma, the founder of the Zen sect of Buddhism, on paper that was equivalent to 120 “tatami” mats, or 194 square meters.

In the performance, Yamaguchi moved around on the cotton cloth, which measured about 13 meters by nine meters. He completed the painting in about two and a half hours.

After its completion, he said, “As Hokusai drew a painting larger than this one, he was really great.”

Spectators were impressed by the sheer scale of the painting.

“I’m overwhelmed (by this painting),” one onlooker said.

The drawing is scheduled to be exhibited in the YKK60 Building in the Kamezawa district of Sumida Ward from Oct. 16 to 22.